Through our work we have had the good fortune of seeing firsthand how success comes in every shape, size, color, faith, and orientation. More importantly we’ve learned that success is often the result of people embracing their unique backgrounds and so we’ve asked the community to tell us about their background and how it has impacted where they are today.

Liv Thrush | Photographer

I grew up in a very southern town in Florida, and we didn’t have a lot of money growing up so I had to entertain myself in simple, inexpensive ways like playing make-believe. I think that taught me resourcefulness and creativity, plus how to be comfortable being in charge of myself. When I finally got my first camera, I remember taking pictures and video of EVERYTHING so I quickly learned what seemed to work well and what didn’t. I appreciated people seeing things I made, and I realized how much I loved expressing myself through art and creative choices. Read more>>

Latoya Snell | Sponsored Athlete, Freelance Writer, Content Creator & Founder of Running Fat Chef

My name is Latoya Shauntay Snell and I am from Brooklyn, NY. Living in New York City showed me that I can reinvent myself as many times as I desire in my personal and professional life. This city is exceptionally layered, full of personality and colorful. Growing up in different parts of Brooklyn – East New York, Bushwick, Crown Heights and Bed Stuy – taught me different lessons along the way. My neighborhood taught me community and the horrible things that people do when subjected to poverty; Read more>>